One day after Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said he is seeing a second doctor’s opinion, tight end O.J. Howard will be placed on IR and be out for the rest of this season.

This is the second straight year in which Howard’s season will end early because of an injury, this time coming from both foot and ankle problems that he suffered towards the end of the Giants game.

Howard had also been battling an MCL injury on his knee that happened to him week four in Chicago, though was able to tough it out and not miss any games from it. Ultimately this new injury did him in.

It’s a tough blow to Howard, who was having a breakout season in his second year. Howard had 565 receiving yards on 34 catches and five touchdowns, but more importantly was a big focal point of the Bucs high powered offense.

Cameron Brate will take over as the first tight end on the depth chart. Historically, he’s had good chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. This is why the Bucs have two good Tight Ends on the roster – you never know what is going to happen. They are fortunate to have Brate now, and hopefully Winston can use him as he has in the past.

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  2. Its a shame but not surprising. The way this team is constantly on offense trying to play catch up, injuries like this are more likely. Someone said Licht should be fired now to get a head start on the GM or President search. That makes sense.

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  3. That’s a blow..I really hope he doesn’t turn into some kind of injury prone player. Get well and come back strong OJ..

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  4. Are all these injuries on the Bucs strength and conditioning people? I

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    • No … aren’t you paying attention? Geesh, everything wrong with the Bucs offense is all Koetter’s fault.

      Of course, a month ago, everything wrong with the Bucs defense was all Smith’s fault. Then after he was fired last month, the Bucs D miraculously turned around to become the number 1 defense in the league.

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  5. Sorry ,but for some reason my comments were posted before I was done. I do question the number of injuries this team has had this season.Other teams have had injuries,but seriously we have to be leading the NFL in injuries!

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    • Nope. And another example of fans who focus on the Bucs and don’t follow any other teams.

      The Redkins who recently beat the Bucs 2 weeks ago have 13 players on IR. The Patriots have 13 players on IR. The Chiefs have 13 players on IR. The Jaguars have 14 players on IR. The Colts have 12 players on IR and the Bucs will have 11 players on IR with OJ out. You can just see the devastation to the Patriots and Chiefs and this year with all of their injures (sarcasm font) https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/injured-reserve/

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      • The Bucs HAVE had lots of injuries / missed playing time to key players though. But about 1/2 of the players on the Bucs IR weren’t even really contributing at all- so the # of players isn’t much of an indicator.
        Bucs just flat out blew a bunch of close games…

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    • I think sometimes our predictability can make things more dangerous for our players. Everybody knows we’re going to pass a lot.

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  6. At this point I can’t help but think we’re better off letting him heal and recover and be ready for next season, since we’re not going anywhere this season.

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  7. Bucs Injury Reserve – filling up fast!

    INJURED RESERVE – 11

    58 Alexander, Kwon LB 6-1 227 23 3 Louisiana State
    83 Bailey, Sergio WR 6-0 186 R Eastern Michigan
    51 Beckwith, Kendell LB 6-3 247 23 1 Lousiana State
    48 Cichy, Jack LB 6-2 238 R Wisconsin
    23 Conte, Chris S 6-2 203 29 7 California
    30 Fleming, Maurice DB 5-11 202 24 1 West Virginia
    28 Hargreaves, Vernon CB 5-10 205 22 2 Florida
    80 Howard, O.J. TE 6-6 250 23 1 Alabama
    62 Smith, Evan C 6-2 308 31 8 Idaho State
    96 Tu’ikolovatu, Stevie DT 6-1 320 27 2 USC
    98 Unrein, Mitch DT 6-4 301 30 8 Wyoming
    22 Williams, Marcus CB 5-11 196 27 5 North Dakota State
    38 Wilson, Shaun RB 5-9 185 22 R Duke

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  8. He is a Big part of the future of this team for years to come. Come back stronger next year. Having OJ, Evans, and Godwin will help attract our next HC and OC. Who wouldn’t want these weapons.

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  9. In other news,the Bucs signed former Gator and USC CB Josh Shaw to take O.J. Howard’s roster spot. DE Demone Harris is signed back to the practice squad.

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  10. Devasher, great post and informative.
    I agree with you. The way people talk out here it seems like the watch nothing but college games and the Bucs.
    Most really don’t know but talk like they do.
    Reminds me of someone else.

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  11. Devasher, great post and informative.
    I agree with you. The way people talk out here it seems like the watch nothing but college games and the Bucs.
    Most really don’t know but talk like they do.
    Reminds me of someone else.

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    • You can say that again.

      Oh right, you already DID say that again.

      🙂

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  12. To quote Steve Miller,

    “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, on to the future”.

    The “future” being a top 3 draft pick.

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  13. Naples firing Smith made the defense better. It was long over due. They acaully held a decent Skins team to 3 points. Two weeks ago. Then they had more injuries and last week was very bad again. If you don’t think Smith was a huge issue your crazy. Year after year same results and dead last. If Duffner was calling defense all year I guarantee we would blitzed more and had more wins. Nobody said anything about first place defense as usual your comments are dumb. If you think Licht is the only problem here your nuts too. This offense is loaded with talent and Koetter is lost and a complete joke.

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    • Dont try, have you not heard? Naples is never wrong and he would keep mike smith and koetter on as long as possible as none of this is their fault.

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